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Blackboard Workshops & Training

KU IT offers free Blackboard training sessions throughout the year to help faculty and staff learn to use Blackboard more effectively. We have regularly scheduled workshops that are open to anyone, as well as group sessions or individual consultations that can be customized to meet your needs. KU IT Educational Technologists offer sessions in several formats.


Blackboard Bootcamp:
KU IT sponsors a Blackboard Bootcamp at the beginning of each semester. Bootcamp is a week or two where multiple sessions of Blackboard workshops are available in order to accommodate busy schedules. Instructors and staff are welcome to attend as many as they desire. We recommend attending the "Getting Started" workshop first.


Workshops:
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend training sessions located at the Budig Hall computer lab. See workshop listings below for more information.

Blackboard Workshops

Virtual Blackboard 101

This virtual course provides an introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and functionality. This course was designed to demonstrate the most common ways that instructors utilize the Blackboard system.

To self-enroll into the Virtual Blackboard 101 course, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into Blackboard (courseware.ku.edu).
  2. On the My Blackboard page find the Course Search Module. [View screenshot]
  3. Enter Virtual Blackboard 101.
  4. Select Go.
  5. Hover over the Course ID Bb000-003 and select the edit button. [View screenshot]
  6. Select Enroll.
  7. Select Submit.

The course should now appear in the My Courses module where you can select it.

You can also enroll by calling or emailing KU Educational Technology at itedtech@ku.edu or 785-864-2600.

Blackboard: Getting Started

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and organization features. You will focus on navigation, course style, and the process of planning, adding, and organizing links on the course menu.

Along the way, you will examine different strategies for organizing the course menu, which is the students’ access point to tools and content. Finally, you will consider ways you can influence your students’ impressions of the online learning environment.

Register for Blackboard: Getting Started

Blackboard: Assignments

The assignments tool enables you to collect student documents uploaded in Blackboard. Use it to create, manage, and distribute activities that assess students in meaningful ways beyond traditional objective tests.

The Grade Center's organization and management capabilities are incorporated into the assignments tool, allowing you to provide feedback and grades efficiently.

Register for Blackboard: Assignments

Blackboard: Discussions

Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out.

You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week so learning is continuous.

Register for Blackboard: Discussions

Blackboard: Grade Center

Review tools in the Blackboard Learn Grade Center, set up columns and select options.

Create new columns: numeric, calculated
Use Smart Views to filter the grade columns
Enter and edit grades
Download and upload the grade data
Create feedback for students
Enter manual overrides to grades

Register for Blackboard: Grade Center

Blackboard: Groups

In this workshop, you learn to facilitate collaboration among students by setting up groups. In Blackboard Learn, groups can have their own discussion board, blog, journals, and wikis. Group members can exchange documents, submit group assignments, send email to other group members, and distribute tasks to keep the group on track.

Register for Blackboard: Groups

Blackboard: Wikis, Blogs, & Journals

In a successful online learning community, students have the right tools for their interactive tasks. Blackboard Learn offers communication tools for self-reflection, collaboration, and communication.

The Blackboard wiki, blog, and journal tools allow you to provide rich assignments and evaluate students in authentic ways where students can share and create knowledge. In this workshop, you will learn about these tools and how to grade student contributions.

Register for Blackboard: Interactive Wikis, Blogs, and Journals

Blackboard: Tests

In Blackboard Learn, you can use tests to measure student knowledge, gauge progress, and gather information from students.

In this workshop, the main focus is on creating tests and questions, choosing appropriate settings, and adding tests to course areas. Along the way, you will learn some best practices for using tests as teaching tools and encouraging academic honesty.

Register for Blackboard: Tests

Educational Tools Workshops

iClicker2 Workshop

These systems are just like the audience polling devices seen on television shows in which audience members vote, using a transmitter about the size of a remote control, for a favorite home video, for example. The classroom response clicker uses similar hand-held technology to facilitate student engagement with course content and provide a snapshot view of learner understanding during class.

This workshop will cover the basics of using the iClicker, along with a number of teaching strategies.  The strategies discussed will include:

  • Lecture with questions following – This helps to gauge how well students are “getting it” and reinforces important ideas.
  • Pop quiz – Can be given at the beginning of class over previously assigned reading, content covered in an earlier class session, or at the end to determine learning progress.
  • Answer/pair/answer – This technique consists of having students respond to a question, then having students work in pairs to discuss their answers, then answering again.
  • Confidence levels – This can be used in conjunction with other questions (i.e., asking, “Indicate how confident you are in your answer by pressing 0 for not at all and 5 for very confident”) or to indicate overall confidence in understanding the day’s material.
  • Polling – Using the anonymous feature, you can assess student opinions to spark class discussion regarding issues related to course content.
  • Muddiest point – The main points covered in the class period are listed and students asked which, if any, are still confusing to them. This can help to plan the following class lesson plan, or time can be allowed to cover the most frequently cited item before the class ends.

Register for iClickers2

Respondus 4.0

Respondus is a powerful tool for creating and managing exams that can be printed to paper or published directly to Blackboard, ANGEL, Brightspace by D2L, Pearson eCollege, Canvas, Moodle, and other learning systems. Exams can be created offline using a familiar Windows environment, or moved from one LMS to another. Whether you are a veteran of online testing or relatively new to it, Respondus can save you hours on each project. The University of Kansas has purchased a Respondus campus license and it is available to instructors at no cost.

Register for Respondus 4.0

SoftChalk Lesson Builder

SoftChalk LessonBuilder is a powerful lesson creation tool that is as easy to use as a word processor. SoftChalk lessons may include text, pictures, media, and interactive elements such as practice exercises and assessments. Exported lessons are web pages for posting on the Internet or for use in Blackboard. LessonBuilder is free to download for KU instructors.

Register for SoftChalk Lesson Builder

VoiceThread

Are you looking for an online presentation tool that provides natural interactions between instructors and students?  VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation.

A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file. VoiceThread runs inside your web browser, so there is no software to download, install, or update.  VoiceThread also enables students to create content, where they can present and explain their work before instructors and peers.

In this 60-minute, hands-on presentation, we’ll provide step-by-step instruction and creating and sharing VoiceThreads, and we’ll provide examples and best practices so that you can start using the tool effectively in your course.

Register for VoiceThread

Virtual Workshops

Virtual Blackboard 101

This virtual course provides an introduction to the Blackboard Learn interface and functionality. This course was designed to demonstrate the most common ways that instructors utilize the Blackboard system.

To self-enroll into the Virtual Blackboard 101 course, please follow the steps below:

  1. Log into Blackboard (courseware.ku.edu).
  2. On the My Blackboard page find the Course Search Module. [View screenshot]
  3. Enter Virtual Blackboard 101.
  4. Select Go.
  5. Hover over the Course ID Bb000-003 and select the edit button. [View screenshot]
  6. Select Enroll.
  7. Select Submit.

The course should now appear in the My Courses module where you can select it.

You can also enroll by calling or emailing KU Educational Technology at itedtech@ku.edu or 785-864-2600.


Deskside coaching:
Meet with an KU Educational Technologist to receive customized, one-on-one Blackboard assistance based on your needs. Request a deskside coaching session.


Customized Training for Departments:
Departments can request customized Blackboard training for their staff. Sessions might range from a one-time workshop to a multi-session training series. This training can take place at the department’s office space, or a Budig Hall training lab can be reserved for the session. Request customized training.


Course-Specific Training for Classes:
Instructors can request one-time or multi-session class training workshops on Blackboard tools and strategies led by KU Educational Technologists. Request course-specific training.


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Email KU IT Educational Technology

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Blackboard support via Email

Call KU IT Customer Support

785-864-2600
Blackboard support via phone

Faculty/Staff Support

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Blackboard support in-person

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